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Thomas Paine in Violence Paul Pinto

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About the show

Thomas Paine in Violence is an electronic psychedelic opera-sermon set in a radio station in the afterlife of the Founding Father and international activist. Joan La Barbara portrays Paine struggling to broadcast a message of economic justice amidst a whirlwind of lightning-quick singing, autotuned shock-jockery, gadgets, voices, instruments, and sonic chaos.

In association with thingNY.


Created, Written, and Scored by Paul Pinto
Directed by Rick Burkhardt
Scenic Design by Carolyn Mraz
Lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Sound Design by Philip White
Choreographed by Chloe Treat
Sound Engineered by Gus Callahan
Stage Managed by Alex B. West

Starring: Joan La Barbara, Christian Luu, Andrew Mayer, Paul Pinto, Eddie Rodriguez Jr., Erin Rogers, Mélanie Genin, Andrew Livingston, Pat Muchmore, Kate Sloat, and Jeffrey Young

Additional words by Rick Burkhardt; Electronic score developed with assistance by Miguel Frasconi


Photo by Benjamin Heller, graphic design by Katie Dean



Early bird discount! $18 tickets, NOW through 10/25 with code COMMONSENSE

Nov 6-18

Mon, Nov 6 & Tue, Nov 7 @ 8:30PM
Wed-Sun @ 8:30PM

Running time 80 minutes

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